The Marshalltown Community College cross country teams have not done a lot of speed drills in the first two weeks of the season and have put all of their focus on long runs.
The lack of speed training did not help the squads in competing with some of the other programs in attendance for Saturday's MCC Time Trials, but the end result will hopefully be what the Tigers seek.
"We haven't done much of the hard stuff yet and have just focused on long runs," MCC head coach Jarret Heil said. "This meet really doesn't mean much to us. If we do our best here then we are going to have problems the rest of the year."
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
Marshalltown Community College freshman Nate Carr leads a pack of runners up a hill during the MCC Time Trials on the school’s campus Saturday morning. Carr scored an eighth-place finish with a time of 16:38.30.
Heil has just two female runners this season and only three of Heil's five male runners competed Saturday. Freshman Nate Carr did manage an eighth-place finish as he crossed the line in 16 minutes, 38.3 seconds.
The winning time came from North Iowa Area Community College's (NIACC) Trent Smith, who won the race in 16:01.94.
"Nate is ahead of his first-race pace from last season so that is what we are looking for," Heil said. "I thought we competed well today. Every single one of them ran well."
MCC sophomore Allen Davis finished 26th overall in 17:45.10. The third runner in the lineup was David Duran, but he did not finish as he battled shin cramps throughout the race.
Iowa Western Community College won the men's team race with 34 points, besting NIACC by just two points.
Iowa Western grabbed places 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 16 and 22 on the day to win. NIACC came up just short with finishes of 1, 5, 7, 9, 14, 15 and 20.
Well off the pace in third was Iowa Central with 62 points and even further back than that was Southwestern CC, Iowa Lakes CC, Indian Hills CC and Marshalltown CC.
The women's race was dominated by Iowa Central, which won the meet easily with just 18 points. The Tritons locked down the first three positions and also came in at 5, 7, 13 and 14 on the day. Fiona McKenna won the overall individual title with a time of 19:53.73. Behind her were teammates Jodi Miller and Ebeissa Nyandwi.
The top finisher for the Tigers was freshman Sarah Penning, who crossed the line in 37th place with a time of 25:19.97. Freshman teammate Macy Logan was 43rd with a time of 27:00.42.
"The girls ran well today," Heil said. "They are right where they need to be at for this point in the season."
Heil said Penning got out early and ran out of gas later in the race, but he liked the aggressiveness she showed.
"I was impressed that Sarah pushed it hard early," Heil said. "She kind of got out of her comfort zone a little bit, but that is what we want."
Finishing behind Iowa Central was Iowa Western with 58 points.
The Reivers secured four spots in the top 15 and all seven runners came in within the first 23 positions.
NIACC was third with 71 points, followed by Iowa Lakes, Southwestern, DMACC, Marshalltown and Indian Hills.